Paper Talk: United make £55m ace top target; Reds near £60m

Liverpool are closing in on announcing a new £60m signing, while Manchester United have prioritised the signing of a £55m Spurs star, according to Wednesday’s papers.


Liverpool are expected to seal a £60million deal to bring Lyon star Nabil Fekir to Anfield, according to the latest reports.

The France international has been repeatedly linked with a move to Merseyside since the start of the transfer window, though the club faces a race against time to snap him up before the World Cup in Russia.

According to Express Sport however, Liverpool are “confident of signing Fekir before the competition begins next week”.

Their claims are backed up by French outlet SFR Sport, who state that the Ligue 1 club have already made plans regarding Fekir’s replacement.

Lyon are reportedly going to play Houssem Aouar – ironically a reported Liverpool target – in his position next season.

Former Premier League star Emmanuel Petit has backed Fekir for a move to England.

“Can he fit into the Premier League? I believe so,” he said.

“He has a reputation for a bad temper on the pitch.

“I don’t know how he will react to the physical side of the league, because the provocation will come, but when I look at Phillipe Coutinho, Fekir could do the same for Liverpool.”

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Chelsea are close to appointing former France and Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc to replace Antonio Conte. (Express)

Manchester United are concentrating on signing Tottenham’s Belgium centre-back Toby Alderweireld, with the 29-year-old valued at £55m. (Telegraph)

Spurs plan to make a move for Manchester United’s French forward Anthony Martial, 22, next week. (Mail)

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is at odds with the club’s bosses over transfer policy just two weeks after taking charge at London Stadium. (Mirror)

Former Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure, 35, will join a top six Premier League club for £1

American Peter B Freund, a minority shareholder in baseball’s New York Yankees, is lining up a £75m bid to buy Championship club Aston Villa. (Times)

Liverpool are considering a £10m move for Nigerian winger Moses Simon, 22, from Gent. (Liverpool Echo)

Leicester are leading the race to sign Norwich midfielder James Maddison, 21, with the Canaries likely to demand over £20m for the 21-year-old Englishman. (PA)

New Everton director of football Marcel Brands says the club will try to sell up to 12 players this summer. (Mirror)

Watford will refuse to sell £40m-rated winger Richarlison if new Everton boss Marco Silva makes a move for the 21-year-old Brazilian. (Evening Standard)

Zinedine Zidane quit Real Madrid following a row with club president Florentino Perez over plans to sign Chelsea’s 27-year-old Belgium forward Eden Hazard and Manchester United’s Spain keeper David de Gea, 27. (Sun)

Leicester have opened talks to sign 30-year-old Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, who is available for £3m after relegation from the Premier League with West Brom. (Mirror)

The Baggies have rejected a £4m bid from fellow Championship side Stoke City to sign Northern Ireland winger James McClean, 29. (Birmingham Mail)

Meanwhile, Stoke have started negotiations with Wales midfielder Joe Allen, 28, over a new contract. (Mail)

Wolves are in talks to sign Valencia right-back Joao Cancelo and a fee of £35m is being discussed for the 24-year-old Portugal international. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham are all interested in signing 28-year-old West Brom and Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon, who is available for £16m. (Mirror)

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